Walk into almost any fitness facility and observe the gathered cardio kickers, runners, and other cardio dreamers. You will see literally hundreds of people performing long bouts of cardio on treadmills, elliptical machines, recumbent bikes and anything else you can think of. These people all have one thing in common. They are nowhere near their fat burning heart rate zone. In most cases they are way below their target heart rate and just jogging softly. Most of them are lacking weight loss results because of this.
First, lets get an understanding of what your fat burning heart rate is and how it contributes to fat loss. Your fat burning heart rate is literally the level of intensity where your body is at rest. If you want to burn fat, your heart rate needs to be at this level for your body to perform its fat burning functions optimally. When you start out on a new fitness routine, your first goal is to get your heart rate up a level at least three times per week. Your body needs to get used to this level; trust me. After about a week or so of keeping your heart rate this level, your body will eventually get used to it and sit up, and eventually you will be unable to go beyond your range of motion. All of this is possible rather quickly through cardio but, unfortunately, the majority of people spend way too much time on it. The fitness industry is huge due to people’s need for a shortcut to fitness and a magic pill that automatically gets them results. It makes it all very confusing and frustrating.
Simple ways to help you jump start your fat loss
Here are 5 simple ways to help you jump start your fat loss and achieve the fast weight loss results you are looking for:
Count your calories.
You have probably heard this up your gut before and when I say up your gut it is because it takes about 15 minutes to get your mind relaxed and physically relaxed. So if you are serious about weight loss, you need to get your mind on the right track. Each day count the calories in all the foods and drinks you consume in a normal day. If you have a day when you exceed your caloric intake that means your caloric intake for that day is higher and this could be attributed to overeating or a lack of after dinner exercise. Make the necessary adjustments for the following day. Just be aware of how much weight you are gaining and adjust your food intake accordingly.
We all hear about the importance of water, but you have to consume 8 cups a day in order to give your body what it needs. Water generates the energy that your body breaks down from fat. It also helps get rid of toxins in the body. I know you have heard it said over and over again, but you better believe it because it is true. According to the National Institute on Health addresses the question “Do you drink enough water?”Your answer will reveal whether you are doing enough to keep your body in healthy condition.
Exercise in the Morning.
I can’t stress this enough. If you exercise in the morning, you will see a marked increase in your fat burning abilities for the entire day. In other words, you get double the results from the same workout.
Always, always, always, eat breakfast.
This is not just some golden rule. Eating in the morning keeps you from having an empty stomach at a crucial moment of the day. You are basically feeding your body with the nutrients it needs, and you get to avoid starving at the end of the day. I’m not saying you should just eat nothing but all you want, but don’t fall for the mindset that eating never is OK.
Get into fitness boot camps.
I say this not because it is the only way but because of the proven track record that has been established. Coupled with the diet tips above, people have reported increased fat burning in even the most stubborn areas in the body.
Fitness trainers train you based on your specific needs. So if you want to listen and get information, all you have to do is ask and you will get your answers. If you are in a regular exercise routine but unable to get rid of stubborn fat, the articles and free advice in the fitness section are there for you to use.